Set for available starting Wednesday, October 30 are Apple's new AirPods Pro wireless earbuds, which feature Active Noise Cancellation, "superior, immersive sound," and a new lightweight, in-ear design.
As with other AirPods, Apple users can simply open the charging case when bnearby an iOS or iPadOS device, tap it, and they will immediately pair with all devices signed into your iCloud account, including an iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple Watch, Apple TV, and iPod touch.
Each earbud comes with three different sizes of soft, flexible silicone ear tips that conform to the contours of each individual ear, providing a comfortable fit and superior seal. A vent system equalizes pressure, minimizing the discomfort common in other in-ear designs, says Apple. AirPods Pro are sweat- and water-resistant, as well, so they can be worn in the rain or while working out.
Active Noise Cancellation uses two microphones combined with advanced software to continuously adapt to each individual ear and headphone fit. This removes background noise so you can focus on what you're listening to. The first microphone is outward-facing and detects external sound to analyze environmental noise. AirPods Pro then create an equivalent anti-noise that cancels out background noise before it reaches the listener's ear. A second inward-facing microphone listens toward the ear, and AirPods Pro cancel remaining noise detected by the microphone. Noise cancellation continuously adapts the sound signal 200 times per second.
Adaptive EQ automatically tunes the low- and mid-frequencies of the music to the shape of an individual's ear, which Apple says results in a rich, immersive listening experience. A custom high dynamic range amplifier produces clear sound while also extending battery life, and powers a custom high-excursion, low-distortion speaker driver designed to optimize audio quality and remove background noise. The driver provides consistent, rich bass down to 20Hz and detailed mid- and high-frequency audio.
Transparency mode gives you the option to simultaneously listen to music while still hearing the environment around you, like traffic while out for a run or an important train announcement during the morning commute. Switch between ANC and Transparency mode using a new force sensor on the stem that can also be used to play, pause, or skip tracks, and answer or end calls. Press on the volume slider in Control Center on iPhone and iPad to control settings, or on Apple Watch by tapping on the AirPlay icon while music is playing.
A system-in-package (SiP) design has the Apple-designed H1 chip at its core. The H1 features 10 audio cores and powers everything from sound to Siri. The extremely low audio processing latency of H1 enables real-time noise cancellation, delivers high-quality sound using adaptive technology, and responds to hands-free "Hey Siri" requests.
AirPods Pro feature the same five-hour battery life as AirPods. In Active Noise Cancellation mode, AirPods Pro deliver up to four and a half hours of listening time and up to three and a half hours of talk time on a single charge. Through additional charges from the Wireless Charging Case, AirPods Pro deliver over 24 hours of listening time or over 18 hours of talk time. To recharge, place the AirPods case on a Qi-certified charging mat or using the Lightning port while on the go.
The Ear Tip Fit Test helps ensure users get the best audio experience from AirPods Pro by testing the quality of the seal and identifying the best ear tip size for them. After placing AirPods Pro in each ear, advanced algorithms work together with the microphones in each AirPod to measure the sound level in the ear and compare it to what is coming from the speaker driver. In seconds, the algorithm detects whether the ear tip is the right size and has a good fit, or should be adjusted to create a better seal.
Voice-activated Siri uses the H1 chip to enable hands-free "Hey Siri" to play a song, increase the volume, make a call or get directions.
Audio Sharing makes it easy to listen to the same song or watch the same movie with a friend by simply bringing a second pair of AirPods close to iPhone or iPad. Announce Messages automatically speaks incoming messages as soon as they arrive, and when on a phone call or sharing media via Audio Sharing, Siri knows not to interrupt.
Apple's AirPods Pro will be available in Canada for $329 and can be pre-ordered now, or check stores later this week. They require Apple devices running iOS 13.2 or later, iPadOS 13.2 or later, watchOS 6.1 or later, tvOS 13.2 or later, or macOS Catalina 10.15.1 or later. AirPods with Charging Case are available for $219 and AirPods with Wireless Charging Case are available for $269. Order the standalone Wireless Charging Case for $99. You can also add personal engraving for free on Apple.com or in the Apple Store app.